Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sunderland sign Stokes


Striker joins "Sunderland Irish"

Roy Keane finally got his man late yesterday afternoon as 18 yr old Arsenal striker Antony Stokes joined the Black Cats in a 2 million pound move after signing a three and a half year deal.

Dublin born Stokes had set Premiership clubs into a buzz of frenzied scouting activity after twice winning Scotland's Young Player of the Month Award during his loan spell with SPL's Falkirk, where he weighed in 16 goals in 18 games during his loan spell, these included the SPL's first back to back hat tricks when he netted three against Dundee United and Dunfermline.

This is the sort of news which will excite Black Cat fans and if he can quickly get his foot in the door and build an understanding with David Connolly we might have a strike force to be reckoned with at last. He becomes yet another Eire born player to join the ranks of the "Sunderland Irish". Stokes certainly looks like the twenty goals a season player that we have missed since selling Kevin Phillips. My guess is that we will see him start this Saturday against the Tractor Boys of Ipswich.

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